Got one yesterday from the Sony Store in South Coast Plaza! Didn't get home from work until later in the evening so all I had almost no time for setting it up. What I did hook up was the 2 front speakers, subwoofer and center channel. Ran the quick setup which was really easy and then I ran the speaker calibration step. Then I sat down and played some Kent (747). First I was struck with how great the subwoofer integrated with the main speakers. In my previous setup (Pioneer Elite SC-05), I felt that the sub was either not loud enough or too loud. Then I threw in the Dark Knight BluRay. By this time the family had gone to bed so I had to keep the volume down, but even at low levels, the bass and treble were well balanced.
The GUI is nice and responsive. If you press the home button you get a list of tiles saying "Watch" or "Listen". Once you choose Watch it then gives you all your sources of video content as icons. Tv, game, bluray etc.. Same for the Listen section, just different icons. There are also several DSP modes. We had a Yamaha DSP-1 back in the day and it had a lot of fun settings, but my favorite was Jazz Club. In the equipment I have owned since I haven't found a similar setting. This thing has it, cant wait to listen to it with all the speakers connected. It also has several concert hall reproductions but i havent tried them out yet.
I have not tested the multizone features at all.
Hopefully I will have more to say after the weekend unless I end up having to decorate for Xmas!
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